• The Oklahoman's staff picks for OU at Iowa State

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Here is our crew’s picks and headline predictions for Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Iowa State: RYAN ABER, OU writer OU 38, Iowa State 17 FULL BACKFIELD Perine, Ford power Sooners past Cyclines JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OU 38, Iowa State 17 TAKE AMES Trevor Knight hits many marks as OU rolls at Iowa State JASON KERSEY, OU writer KNIGHT'S SHINING ARM OU 31, Iowa State 21 Trevor Knight has another strong passing performance and the Sooners escape Ames. BERRY TRAMEL, Columnist OU 41, Iowa State 27 LINE DANCING Sooner offensive line reasserts itself vs.

  • The Oklahoman's staff picks for Oklahoma State at Kansas State

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Here is our crew’s picks and headline predictions for Saturday’s game between Oklahoma State and Kansas State: JENNI CARLSON, Columnist K-State 34, OSU 17 SHAKEN TO THE CORE Little Apple, Wildcats not kind to Daxx Garman, Cowboys KYLE FREDRICKSON, OSU writer K-State 28, Oklahoma State 7 WILDCAT WALLOP OSU quarterback Daxx Garman sacked four times as Cowboys lose third straight JOHN HELSLEY, OSU writer K-State 26, OSU 16 LOCKETT LOADED Former Booker T. star Tyler Lockett burns Cowboys, returning and receiving.

  • Can Thunder weather a storm of injuries?

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    As the Oklahoma City Thunder go into their home opener Saturday, as many as seven players could be sidelined with injuries. General manager Sam Presti says, “We’re going to keep moving together as one and find the opportunities within the circumstances that are going to strengthen our team and our organization.”

  • Defense, not the much-maligned offense, has been the Sooners' problem

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    COMMENTARY — The OU offense has had its share of high-profile problems. Short-yardage failures. Disastrous turnovers. But OU’s offense has actually outperformed OU’s defense, which was expected to be this team’s strength.

  • Mark Mangino making an undeniable impact so far as Iowa State's offensive coordinator

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hired Mark Mangino as part of his first coaching staff in 1999 because of Mangino’s football knowledge, leadership, character, work ethic and toughness. For those same reasons, Stoops doesn’t like looking across the field and seeing his old friend on the other sideline like he will Saturday morning, when OU meets Iowa State.

  • Cowboys might not be able to meet their raised standards this year

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Cowboys have raised lots of bars in recent years — the bar for recruiting, for facilities, and — most of all — winning. But finishing with a losing record and failing to make a bowl is the reality staring OSU straight in the face as it heads into the final full month of the regular season.

  • Flawed recruiting classes at core of Cowboys' vulnerability

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    As fans drove away from Boone Pickens Stadium following a failed homecoming, a second straight offense-less loss, Cowboys radio play-by-play voice Dave Hunziker bounced the postgame broadcast back and forth between the booth and locker room interviews. Players and coaches offered regrets and disappointment, and in certain cases reasons for hope.

  • Rash of injuries leaves Thunder in potentially precarious playoff situation

    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The Thunder’s recent injuries have even the most rational fans and analysts wondering, only two games into an 82-game season, whether this bona-fide title contender can tread water long enough to keep its playoff hopes alive.


  • Vanderbilt looks to start fast vs. Old Dominion

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Old Dominion Monarchs can score points quickly and in big bunches, something that's been a problem for Vanderbilt and the Commodores' rotating quarterbacks this season. No wonder the Commodores hope to play a bit of keep away Saturday night in their final game outside the Southeastern Conference. Coach Derek Mason says the Commodores will do their best to keep Old Dominion (3-5) and senior quarterback Taylor Heinicke off the field. It just won't be easy for an offense ranked near the bottom of the Football Bowl Subdivision and averaging 17.1 points per game. Mason says his Commodores (2-6) have had their fair share of struggles but need to make sure they get themselves jump started by playi

  • Can the Thunder make the playoffs?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Earlier this week, I wrote about the plagues of Egypt descending upon the Thunder. You can read that column here. It was allegorical. I didn’t really mean that the Oklahoma River had turned to blood, that locust and frogs were in every crevice from Cattleman’s to the Civic Center, and that boils were popping up […]

  • No. 11 Kansas State prepared for Oklahoma State

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy tends to stick to himself at coaching conventions and meetings. He isn't someone who tends to spend much time schmoozing with others in his profession. The same goes for Kansas State's Bill Snyder. But while Gundy and Snyder haven't spent much time hob-knobbing over the years, that hasn't diminished the amount of respect the Cowboys' coach has for the 75-year-old silver fox. "As I've said each year, I have a lot of respect for him," Gundy said this week. "You can go back to when Barry Switzer said that he was the coach of the century, at one time. It's a challenge for me, as a head coach, and for our staff against them." That goes doubly this year. Snyder has No

  • UCF looks to extend conference unbeaten streak

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UCF and UConn are heading in different directions as they meet Saturday at Rentschler Field. The Knights (5-2, 3-0 American) have won five in a row after opening with two losses and are looking to break into the Top 25, while the Huskies (1-6, 0-4) will be trying to avoid a six-game losing streak. UCF hasn't lost a conference game (11-0) since moving from Conference USA to the new league a year ago. "It's been a great move for us mainly because of the TV exposure that you are getting," said UCF coach George O'Leary. "I don't think you could buy that marketing. There is no question UCF is known throughout the nation now as far as some of the things we're doing.

  • Joseph Randle and Dez Bryant argue before Cowboys practice

    Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle has managed to top himself, and this one is the kind of thing that could have consequences for him. According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys running back has made his own dumb situation worse by dragging teammates into it, and it spilled over into practice today. Randle and wide receiver Dez Bryant, another former OSU standout, were apparently in a “snit,” before practice today, and veteran tight end Jason Witten had to step in and tell Randle to “shut up.” It’s possible that it’s because of something Randle said during the infamous jailhouse video after his arrest for stealing underwear and cologne.

  • VIDEO: Cowboys fan destroys house after team's loss to Redskins

    Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    The Washington Redskins' victory over the Dallas Cowboys this past Monday night brought great joy to many fans in the D.C. area. But for one Cowboys fan, he didn't take it so well. In a video posted on YouTube, after the Redskins sealed the 20-17 win on a 4th down stop in overtime, the fan goes berserk. He broke light fixtures, and objects ranging from a guitar, tables, counters, chairs and the television he was watching the game on went flying everywhere.

  • Florida's Muschamp gets another shot at alma mater

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Will Muschamp has been on the losing end of the Florida-Georgia series his entire career. He went 0-4 against the Gators as a defensive back for the Bulldogs in the 1990s, and he's winless in three games against Georgia as Florida's head coach. His eighth try, without question, is the biggest of them all. Muschamp likely needs a victory against No. 9 Georgia on Saturday to have any chance of saving his job. He knows it. His players know it. Anyone who has seen the Gators fall from Southeastern Conference and national prominence the last two years knows it, too. "We need to get a win. That's the first thing," Muschamp said when asked what the rivalry means to him. "The importance o

  • No. 5 Oregon looks to break Stanford's streak

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — If the Oregon Ducks want to use two straight losses to Stanford as motivation against the Cardinal this season, then so be it, coach Mark Helfrich said. Whatever works. "There's always all those outside motivators whether it's revenge or the rivalry or this or that or the other," he said. "Funnel that to your preparation. That's the only way you can make that a functional positive for you or for the team." Fifth-ranked Oregon hosts Stanford on Saturday afternoon, and no doubt there are several players who have considered that for the past two seasons the Cardinal have spoiled the Ducks' national championship hopes. In 2012, Oregon was ranked No.

  • What Barry Switzer told Cowboys to convince them to draft DeMarco Murray

    Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Former OU and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer talked a little Cowboys football with a Dallas radio station on Thursday.  Among the topics discussed: Jerry Jones on the sidelines and DeMarco Murray. Switzer says he told Jones to draft Murray and that they "will be proud to have a representative like this playing for the Dallas Cowboys."  "They took him," Switzer said. "And thank God they did."

  • Rutgers back home looking to rebound vs. Wisconsin

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers could not stop the run on the road in getting a taste of Big Ten Conference reality against No. 13 Ohio State and No. 17 Nebraska. Things may only get worse at home with Wisconsin on tap. Wisconsin (5-2, 2-1) will bring the nation's second-leading rusher, Melvin Gordon, to High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday when it faces Rutgers (5-3, 1-3). Not only are the Scarlet Knights reeling after consecutive blowout losses, there is a chance they may not have senior quarterback Gary Nova, who sustained a knee injury last weekend in the loss to Nebraska. Coach Kyle Flood said whether Nova plays will be a game-time decision. Redshirt freshman Chris Laviano would get the start if Nova ca

  • Virginia, Georgia Tech try to boost division hopes

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson expects the next two weekends to provide clarity in the muddled ACC Coastal Division race. The Yellow Jackets' home game against Virginia on Saturday should help. Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Virginia (4-4, 2-2) are two of six teams in the Coastal Division with two or three losses. First-place Duke (6-1, 2-1) is the division's only team with only one conference loss. The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets can't afford a third ACC loss, especially since each team has lost to Duke. Virginia is trying to end a two-game losing streak, including last week's devastating 28-27 loss to North Carolina. Georgia Tech had lost two straight before last week's 56-2

  • No. 19 Oklahoma travels to Iowa State

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Saturday's matchup with Iowa State could be considered a classic trap game for Oklahoma. Then again, the Sooners never seem to have a problem pounding the Cyclones. No. 19 Oklahoma (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) has dropped two of its last three to fall out of playoff contention. The Sooners still have an outside shot at a share of the Big 12 title, though, and they'd be forgiven for looking past Iowa State (2-5, 0-4) and toward next week's home game against No. 12 Baylor. But Iowa State can't seem to compete with Oklahoma under any circumstances. The Sooners are 71-5-2 against the Cyclones and 42-1-1 since 1962. The Cyclones haven't defeated Oklahoma since 1990.

  • South Carolina, Tennessee meet in SEC matchup

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said there's enough blame to spread around for the Gamecocks' failures this season. Much of the heat has been directed at a Gamecocks' defense that hasn't recovered from losing five starters off last year's stellar group, including NFL No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. Spurrier said last week's 42-35 loss to No. 4 Auburn (No. 3 CFP) was a group effort with all areas having a hand in the result. The coach said, "The offense lost. The defense lost. The special teams lost. We all lost. The coaches lost. We weren't good enough. It wasn't one side of the ball or the other." That leaves the Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) with plenty to fix before facin

  • Guide to No. 2 Owasso at Edmond North

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 19 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Wantland Stadium, 100 N. University Drive, Edmond Records: Owasso 7-1, 4-1 District 6AI-2; Edmond North 3-5, 2-3 Last week: Owasso 28, Mustang 24 — Owasso rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes, remaining in control for the second spot in the district. Southmoore 24, Edmond North 21 […]

  • Brazilian club Corinthians building own cemetery

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Fans of one of Brazil's most popular soccer clubs will have a chance to spend eternity near some of their greatest idols. Corinthians said it is building its own cemetery, complete with a mock soccer field and VIP tribunes where some of the team's greatest players will be offered burial spaces. The "Corinthians Forever" cemetery is expected to open late in 2015, but fans can already start booking one of the 70,000 burial places available. Those willing to spend a little more will be allowed to choose exactly where they want to be laid to rest — either close to the former players or near midfield, the goalposts or one of the penalty spots of the mock field.

  • Guide to No. 2 Kingfisher at No. 4 Heritage Hall

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 19 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Heritage Hall, 1800 N.W. 122nd, Oklahoma City Radio: KIMY-FM 101.5/107.3 Records: Kingfisher 7-1, 4-0 District 3A-1; Heritage Hall 7-1, 5-0 Last week: Kingfisher 37, Perkins 0 — Senior Jace Sternberge was impressive on both sides of the ball, leading the Yellowjackets to a rout. Heritage Hall 63, Mannford 14 — […]

  • Guide to No. 10 Carl Albert at No. 1 Guthrie

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 19 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Jelsma Stadium, 108 E. Harrison, Guthrie TV: Cox 703 Records: Carl Albert 6-2, 4-1 District 5A-2; Guthrie 8-0, 5-0 Last week: Deer Creek 34, Carl Albert 33 — Deer Creek quarterback Clayton Sims orchestrated a game-winning drive in the final minutes for the upset. Guthrie 48, Southeast 0 — Running […]

  • Angry coach rips up headline ahead of Madrid match

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Granada coach Joaquin Caparros has reacted angrily to a bad headline in a Spanish newspaper ahead of his team's weekend clash with Real Madrid. Caparros tore up a copy of the offending front page at a press conference after he accused a Madird-based paper of quoting him as saying "I only ask they don't steam-roller us," in an interview with Marca. Caparros, who was a Madrid youth player and has coached Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo La Coruna, said he was misquoted. He said, "It sucks when they write this type of headline about me," ripping the paper into small squares. Granada hosts Madrid on Saturday and is in 14th place after collecting nine points from their opening nine matches.

  • Presbyterian is ready for big game against Liberty

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said the good thing about winning is it makes the next game even more important. His Blue Hose might be playing the most important game of the season against Liberty on Saturday. After struggling for years to adjust to the move to the Football Championship Subdivision, Presbyterian could take a big step toward a playoff berth win a win over the Flames. "If you win, you raise the stakes of the next game," Nichols said. In other games Saturday involving South Carolina's FCS teams South Carolina State hosts Savannah State; Coastal Carolina is at Gardner-Webb; Charleston Southern travels to Monmouth; Furman is at VMI; and The Citadel travels to Mercer.

  • Quarterbacks in the spotlight for TCU, WVU matchup

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Most improved is a label that certainly fit quarterbacks Clint Trickett of West Virginia and Trevone Boykin of TCU. A year ago, Trickett looked lost at times trying to run the Mountaineers' offense after transferring from Florida State. Boykin was relegated to wide receiver until relieving injured quarterback Casey Pachall. Both Trickett and Boykin ended up throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions as their teams finished 4-8. They're the main reasons behind their teams' remarkable improvements in 2014 and will try to move them closer to first place in the Big 12 when No. 10 TCU (6-1, 3-1) and No. 20 West Virginia (6-2, 4-1) meet Saturday. The Horned Frogs also hope to land in the four